OGLESBY — The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra will celebrate a tribute to “Women in Music” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at the Dr. Mary Weeg Auditorium at IVCC.
Kate Tombaugh, mezzo soprano, will return to the area as soloist with the orchestra, directed by Lucia Matos, conductor and general manager. This concert is being dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Maud Powell.
Prior to the performance, from 6 to 7 p.m., a documentary film by Paul D. Butler will be shown in Room CTC125, next to the auditorium. The film is titled America’s First Great Violinist, “Our Maud Powell.” There is limited seating.
Tombaugh was born and raised in Streator and has been praised as “utterly convincing dramatically and musically superlative.” Some of her musical highlights include twice placing third in the Chicago Regional MONC Auditions, hosted by NYC’s Metropolitan Opera, and performing her Carnegie Hall Debut upon winning the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition.
Admission to the concert is by season subscription or individual ticket, both available at the door or online at www.ivso.org. Adult tickets are $20; students K-12 are free. College students with an ID are $5. Season sponsors are Ning Communications and Ottawa Radio. Sponsors for this program are Maze Lumber, and Wendy and Aziz Azphahani. This concert is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Valley Arts Council Agency. The auditorium is handicapped accessible.
She is the founder and executive director of the new area arts organization, Poco a Poco, which hosts a week-long summer training program for high-school-age vocalists every June and offers various concerts open and free to the public throughout the week.
Tombaugh holds a master’s degree in voice from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (CCM). She is currently based in Murray, Ky., where her husband, Steven Warner, is on the faculty at Murray State University, They have a 1-year-old daughter.
Tombaugh will be heard singing “Irish Love Song” by Margaret Ruth Lang. Other music featured will include Sinfonia in C Major (Overture) by Marianne Martinas, and also ”Annie Laurie” by Lady John Scott.